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Exceptional Infrastructure Challenges, Technology, and Humanity


As the world experiences unprecedented challenges, our ability to tap technology to swiftly adapt and secure communications, work remotely, and reconfigure manufacturing platforms is more important than ever to address critical needs. Learn how industry approaches are shifting and what it may mean for our future.   

Read about how IEEE Impact Creators are helping to combat COVID-19 through technological advancements and uniquely innovative solutions.

COVID-19 Made Internet Access, Broadband and Hotspots an Educational Necessity

How COVID-19 is Affecting Industry 4.0 and the Future of Innovation

How Energy Engineers Are Keeping Your Power On During COVID-19

How Active Data is Fueling Cities’ Responses to COVID-19

Ask the Experts: Can Air Sensors One Day Detect COVID-19?

Think You’re Healthy Enough to Go Back to Work? Technology May Let You Know

Voice Control Could be Coming to an Office Near You

Additive Manufacturing Is Filling in the Gaps for Medical Face Shield Demand

Autonomous Vehicles Keep Important Deliveries Moving in the Age of COVID-19

How Immersive Technologies Are Empowering the Fight Against COVID-19

Smart Technologies Help Keep Cities Safe and Running During COVID-19

IEEE Provides Free Access to COVID-19 Relevant Research Articles and Standards in IEEE Xplore Digital Library 

IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization advancing technology for humanity, is committed to supporting the global response to COVID-19. The organization is providing free, direct access to a collection of various COVID-19 related research articles and standards to help researchers understand, manage, and combat the different aspects of the pandemic.

IEEE recognizes that many are directly or indirectly engaged in the fight against COVID-19 and its effects on global health and safety, research, infrastructure, communications, and more. Therefore, during the pandemic IEEE is making available the following at no charge:

  • COVID-19 related articles in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library with additional rights for all types of reuse, including full text and data mining and analyses. IEEE is consistently monitoring the situation for further developments and will update and add to the IEEE Xplore content as necessary.

  • Standards that may aid researchers with the management of various aspects of the pandemic and technologies that can best be utilized to combat it. This collection can be found at no cost in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

IEEE thanks the entire research and technology community for their work in the fight against COVID-19 and their support of our shared mission to advance technology for humanity.

Enhanced Access to IEEE Member Digital Library Subscribers

For the next 90 days, IEEE is doubling the number of monthly article downloads available to the IEEE Member Digital Library (MDL) subscribers.

MDL, brought to you via the IEEEXplore Digital Library, provides access to all IEEE journal articles, magazines, and conference papers that contain the most essential information in technology today. MDL offers two flexible options designed to meet the varying needs of IEEE members that offer up to 25 article downloads per month.

IEEE subscribing members are provided with increased flexibility while working remotely to access the research they need to drive innovation forward during the global health crisis.

To get started, simply visit IEEE Xplore and log in, find the articles you are interested in, and start using your free downloads.

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3D-Stacked CMOS Takes Moore’s Law to New Heights

When transistors can’t get any smaller, the only direction is up

10 min read
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Emily Cooper

Perhaps the most far-reaching technological achievement over the last 50 years has been the steady march toward ever smaller transistors, fitting them more tightly together, and reducing their power consumption. And yet, ever since the two of us started our careers at Intel more than 20 years ago, we’ve been hearing the alarms that the descent into the infinitesimal was about to end. Yet year after year, brilliant new innovations continue to propel the semiconductor industry further.

Along this journey, we engineers had to change the transistor’s architecture as we continued to scale down area and power consumption while boosting performance. The “planar” transistor designs that took us through the last half of the 20th century gave way to 3D fin-shaped devices by the first half of the 2010s. Now, these too have an end date in sight, with a new gate-all-around (GAA) structure rolling into production soon. But we have to look even further ahead because our ability to scale down even this new transistor architecture, which we call RibbonFET, has its limits.

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